Subhadra Devi is a Mithilia artist from Bihar and known for Madhubani Painting and patron of Mithila Kala Vikas Samiti. She is awarded India's fourth highest civilian award the Padma Shri in 2023.[1][2]

Personal life

She was born in 1941 in Madhubani, Bihar. Her exact date of birth is unknown. a resident of Salempur village in Madhubani district, learnt artwork of papier-mâché in her childhood by watching others.[3]

She remained active in artwork from 1970 to till now.[4] Her art work "Kṛṣṇa and Radha in a banana grove" is displayed in the British museum.[5]


  1. ^ "Padma Awards 2023: Meet awardees honoured in the field of art". The Indian Express. 2023-01-26. Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  2. ^ Sheezan Nezami (Jan 26, 2023). "Anand, Subhadra, Kapil Selected For Padma Shri | Patna News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  3. ^ News8Plus (2023-01-26). "Madhubani's 82-year-old Subhadra gets Padma Shri, in childhood she learned papier-mâché art by watching others, now famous abroad - News8Plus-Realtime Updates On Breaking News & Headlines". Retrieved 2023-01-29.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Collections Online | British Museum". Retrieved 2023-01-29.
  5. ^ "drawing | British Museum". The British Museum. Retrieved 2023-01-29.

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